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Kazan National Research Technical University named after A.N.Tupolev - KAI (KNRTU-KAI) was established in 1932. The history of the University is closely related to the progress of Russian aeronautics. Fundamental education and profound scientific research are the distinguishing features of the university, which make it very attractive for a great number of young people. Until the recent time, it was well known as Kazan Aviation Institute (KAI). In 1973, the Institute was named after Andrey N.Tupolev, the prominent aircraft designer. In 1992, it obtained the status of the State Technical University. It is one of 12 first Russian technical universities given the status of National research University. Last time, the University was accredited be the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation in 2012.

KNRTU-KAI belongs to the number of Russian universities that won reputation of reliable partner on the international scientific and educational market. We are proud of our history, we keep our traditions, we have powerful scientific potential and high quality teaching staff. This allows us to be a trustworthy partner in the international educational and scientific market, with our own results of high level.

More than 80 thousand graduates of our University work fruitfully in all regions of Russia and all over the world. Our University works to create a multilevel unremitting training system, offering wide range possibilities for further training and professional development.

To meet your particular aims and needs we offer a wide range of programmes in different levels: Engineer or Specialist Diploma, Bachelor, Master or Ph.D. Degree, etc. Choosing KNRTU-KAI you are selecting the University that is classified as one of the best Technical Universities of Russia



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University today

Today the University is one of the leading Russian institutions in aircraft engineering, engine- and instrument-production, computer science and radio- and telecommunications engineering. KSTU is the largest technical university of the Republic of Tatarstan and the Volga region.

The University includes the following institutes and faculties:

- Institute of Aviation, Land Vehicles & Energetics
- Institute of Automation & Electronic Instrument-Making
- Institute of Computer Technology & Information Securuty
- Institute of Radio-Engineering & Telecommunications
- Institute of Economics, Managment and Social Technologies
- Physics & Mathematics Faculty
- German-Russian Institute of Advanced Technologies

KNRTU-KAI includes 8 associated branch institutes outside Kazan in the towns of Almetevsk, Chistopol, Leninogorsk, Naberezhnye Chelny, Nizhnekamsk, Zelenodolsk.

The University is housed in 8 perfectly equipped buildings. It has 6 student's dormitories, and a hotel. The sport complex includes 5 well-equipped indoor sports halls, as well as outdoor facilities for skiing & water sports. The University also has a sports camp in a picturesque place on the Volga river, 40 km away from Kazan.

A new campus of KNRTU-KAI is now under construction. Its first academic building was opened for students in 2004; the second one is now under construction. All the campus is to be completed within a few years.

In 2008, KNRTU-KAI won an all-the-Russian competition among about among all the Russian universities with the innovative academic programme entitled "System for Training of the World Level Experts in the Field of Development and Use of Information Technologies as a Key Factor to Provide a Competitiveness in Machinery Production". Both Governments of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Tatarstan an "Excellence and Innovation Label" and assigned a grant of $20 mln. (equiv.) in order to implement the KNRTU-KAI's innovative programme.

In 2009, KNRTU-KAI became 1 of 12 universities selected among all the Russian universities(from about 900 state HE institutions and 2000 private ones) which was awarded a prestigious title of the “National Research University” and $70 mln. (equiv.) grant from both Governments of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Tatarstan.

International relations

Kazan National Research Technical University is experienced in training of foreign students. From the very beginning of 50th, students from Albania, Bulgaria, China, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, North Korea, Poland, and Romania studied at the university. Nowadays they are eminent entrepreneurs of industry, teachers and scientists in their home countries.

In order to apply systematic efforts for involving the university into international cooperation and further develop the direct links with foreign partners in the fields of education and scientific activities in 1995, under the resolution of the KNRTU-KAI's Academic Board, there was established the International Relations Department.

Within the last 15 years, KNRTU-KAI has developed cooperation and signed bilateral agreements with universities and scientific centers of Austria, Brasil, China, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Great Britain, Finland, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Korea, Lebanon, Libya, Poland, Portugal, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovakia, South African Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Turkey, USA, etc.

After almost a forty-year break, KNRTU-KAI started teaching under-, graduate and post-graduate students from many countries all over the world. For this purpose the International Relations Department developed and introduced a training framework for international students. Since that time, KNRTU-KAI has been teaching students from many countries including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Byelorussia, China, France, Germany, India, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Korea, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Pakistan, Palestine, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, USA, Uzbekistan on different academic programmes.

Since 2005 annual International Scientific Conferences for post-graduate and graduate students with participation of the former KNRTU-KAI graduates from abroad have been held.

The International Relations Department (IRD) actively informs students, teachers, researchers about international programs, grants competitions, and on educational and scientific funding opprtunities. It provides the language and information support of the KNRTU-KAI's web-site (/en/cn/ar). Together with Vice-Rectors and the appropriate departments, the IRD conducted works on involving both academic and scientific staff of university into international academic and scientific programs. This encouraged the most motivated and prepared students and teachers to apply for grants of international cooperation programs, such as Tempus, Erasmus-Mundus, Tacis, INTAS, 5th , 6th and 7th European Framework Programmes (all - European Commission), DAAD (Germany), British Council (Great Britain), France Embassy in the Russian Federation, PIV (Spain), Exchange-Visitor, U-Grade, Muskie (all - USA), etc.

During the last years, students, postgraduates, teachers and scientists of KNRTU-KAI visited universities, research and linguistic centres in Brasil, China, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, US and other countries with academic and scientific purposes.

Within the last 10 years, the university has graduated about 150 Diploma Specialists, 100 MSc and 25 PhD degree holders from foreign countries.

KNRTU-KAI is a member of the European Association of Aerospace Universities PEGASUS (2009).

For the last decade, the KNRTU-KAI's reputation as a high-level academic and scientific centre possessing modern methodologies in teaching and research activities, delivering actual academic courses, and having strong scientific schools was successfully confirmed.


Kazan National Research Technical University
International Relations Department
10, K.Marx St., Kazan, Tatarstan 420111, Russia
Phone: +7-843-231-1623. Fax: +7-843-236-6032. E-mail: